Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) said Wednesday in the SiriusXM edition Breitbart Daily News with host Alex Marlow that the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), if enacted, would allow left-leaning news media and the world’s biggest tech companies to conspire to censor “conservative media like Breitbart.
“I think the bill, if passed – which I hope it won’t – will allow Big Tech and liberal media to collide to further suppress conservative views and hurt conservative media like Breitbart” , said Cotton.
Cotton had previously warned that the JCPA was forming a “cartel” between tech and media companies leading to “a censorship lane” of Breitbart News.
Cotton addressed the ostensible goals of the bill’s supporters.
He remarked, “I hear from small newspapers in Arkansas saying they feel like they’re getting a raw deal from Big Tech — and I would like to find a way to help meet this challenge – but this bill, by creating an explicit exemption to our antitrust laws for legacy media companies, which can then discriminate against who joins their cartel, simply creates more opportunities for mischief.
“What the bill does is basically allow newspapers, magazines, websites, media to band together – in what would otherwise be illegal collusion. under antitrust laws — to negotiate the terms under which Big Tech companies can use their content,” Cotton said.
He continued, “However, the bill also allows these media companies to decide who they want to let play in their sandbox, and I believe they’ve already told Breitbart, for example, that they don’t want any of Breitbart’s content in their cartel.”
Cotton contrasted the left-wing media’s derision of Giogia Meloni, Italy’s next potential prime minister, as “neo-fascist” with its hype of former first lady Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign as ” historical”.
“I have to say I laughed,” Cotton said. “[The left] used to celebrate women running for high office, saying “I’m with her” was the only thing you could say, but if you’re with Giorgia Meloni – who is now the legitimate, democratically elected and presumptive leader of Italy – then you are a neo-fascist descended from Benito Mussolini.
Cotton speculated that Meloni’s election victory was a sign that the Italian government was realigning with its national purpose rather than increasingly submitting to the European Union.
“National governments in Europe,” he said, “must be mindful of their citizens, not the Eurocrats in Brussels. …People in America [must also] have a say in who runs their government – that is, elected officials, be it the president, Congress, governors, state legislatures – not bureaucrats and the permanent administrative state in Washington.
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